lancaster bags gold tour california stage 2   Lancaster Bags the Gold at Tour of California Stage 2

Brett Lancaster of Cervelo started the rainy stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California 10 seconds behind. From his 87th position, Lancaster finished 1st, completing the 110.1 mile course from Davis to Santa Rosa Road with a time of 4:38:48. Liquigas’ Peter Sagan came second and Lars Boom of Rabobank came in at third place.

RadioShack’s Levi Leipheimer finished seventh while teammate Lance Armstrong reached the finish line as the 18th rider. Currently, Leipheimer holds the 12th place overall. Armstrong is 18th place overall.

For Lancaster, he is now leading over Sagan and Karl Menzies of United Healthcare with a 10 second time bonus from his win. He has a 4 second lead over them now.

Lancaster has always been a team player, supporting Heinrich Haussler and Thor Hushovd but he was happy over his win. Haussler finished in 41st place and never made it to the lead group of 26 riders while Hushovd was on recovery. “These opportunities don’t come often. But I definitely know I can make more of a career out of being a leader, “said the 30 year old cyclist. Aside from his gold medal Lancaster won a stage of the tour of Germany, prior to the Tour of Italy.

Due to bad weather, the featured stage of four climbs field turned into a punishing ordeal. At least half or more of the finishers which included former race leader Mark Cavendish of Great Britain finished the day at least 10 minutes behind the winner. Cavendish, finished 96th in the stage and trailed the winner by more than 17 minutes and now is in the 87th overall. Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) is a 10-time stage winner of Tour de France.